War is a serious matter by its very nature. Smoke, shots, explosions - all this happens at the behest of individuals who are trying to strengthen their power.
Events can become so serious that they turn into funny curiosities. The most ridiculous cases during the conduct of hostilities will be discussed.
Capture the fleet by cavalry. This unique event took place in January 1795. The revolutionary army of France led an offensive against the Republic of the United Provinces, now the territory of Holland. The weather was rather cold, which led to a very strange battle. The commander of the French hussars Johan Willem de Winter with his associates set out to capture the Dutch city of Den Helder. The attackers wanted to prevent the Dutch fleet from leaving under the protection of their powerful British ally. But then the general saw that the enemy fleet stationed in the harbor of Den Helder was simply stuck in a thick layer of ice. The hussars were able to maintain silence and quietly get to the ships, surrounding them. Discouraged by the appearance of the enemy, the Dutch sailors immediately laid down their arms. This incident in the history of wars was the only one when cavalrymen during their offensive were able to capture the enemy fleet.
Fight an imaginary enemy. Ron Hubbard is the founder of Scientology. However, he managed to become famous for another very unusual battle. It happened in May 1943. Then Hubbard was in charge of a submarine-hunting ship. The RS-815 was ordered to make the transition from Portland to San Diego. In the early morning of May 19, Hubbard saw on the sonar what he mistook for a Japanese submarine. Two American airships were called to help in the search and fight against it. By midnight on May 21, a small fleet was already hunting the elusive Japanese. Hubbard was assisted in his pursuit of the enemy's submarine by two cruisers and a couple of Coast Guard boats. All together, the ships fired over a hundred depth charges. The pursuit lasted more than 68 hours, and the enemy showed no signs of defeat, and did not even move. As a result, the command recalled Hubbard, ending the senseless battle. According to reports given by the commanders of other ships, the hapless sailor fought all this time against a rather famous and clearly marked magnetic field. And Hubbard's actions almost led to a scandal, because he attacked the seabed belonging to Mexico.
Attack by drunk rival soldiers. People have fought since time immemorial. And funny things happened not only in our time, but also in the antique period. Alexander the Great himself faced a strange battle. He tried to recapture the city of Halicarnassus (now Bodrum) from the Persians, but was forced to suspend his attack. It turned out that the defenders of the city were well armed, and the walls of the city were even able to withstand the attack of the latest weapon at that time - the catapult. As a result of the protracted and difficult siege, the military spirit in Alexander's army declined. Among the bored were two hoplites from Perdiccas' detachment. As neighbors in the tent, they often boasted to each other of their exploits. One fine day they got drunk and began to argue who is braver than whom. As a result, the soldiers decided to find out the truth simply to take, and to attack alone the impregnable Halicarnassus. The defenders of the fortress saw that only a couple of Greeks were advancing on them and went out to meet them. Eyewitnesses recall that two of Alexander's soldiers managed to kill many Persians before they were surrounded and killed. But other Greeks, seeing how their comrades in arms were dying, immediately rushed to their aid. This led to the start of a full-scale battle. The attack, provoked by a pair of drunks, was so unexpected that the defenders simply did not bother to properly arm themselves. Several times the attackers found themselves on the brink of victory. But Alexander did not dare to throw the main forces into battle. Otherwise, the defended fortress would have collapsed, thanks to the reckless bravery of two drunken soldiers who tried to brag to each other.
Fooling the enemy. During the First World War, battles were fought in different parts of the world. After the Turks attacked the colonies of England, the proud islanders struck back against the Ottoman Empire on November 5, 1917. The Turks withdrew to Sheria, which is south of Gaza. English intelligence agent Richard Meinertzhagen figured out how to outwit the enemy. Leaflets with propaganda appeals and cigarettes were dropped from the plane to those besieged in the fortress. The delighted Turks did not even suspect that the British were using opium instead of tobacco. Having smoked a long-awaited smoke, the defenders fell into a real dope. The British attack on Sherria the next day met with almost no resistance - the Turks were in dreams, they had no time for war. The defenders could hardly stand on their feet, there was no question of holding a rifle, and even aiming to shoot from it.
Meteorite on the battlefield. Between 76 and 63 BC the Third Mithridates war took place. The forces of the Roman Republic were led by the experienced General Lucius Licinius Lucullus. He decided to attack the Pontic kingdom, believing that the army of defenders was not in place at that moment. But Lucullus realized that he had miscalculated when he met the troops of Mithridates VI Eupator. The two armies prepared for a clash when a meteorite suddenly appeared in the sky. The fireball hit the ground, exactly between two military clusters. The chronicles of those times say that both armies hastened to leave the battlefield, fearing the wrath of their gods. Thus, only one winner remained on the battlefield, and even then not a man, but a soulless guest from outer space. Over time, Lucullus was still able to capture the Pontine kingdom. But after an unsuccessful attack on Armenia, the general was removed from office by the Senate.
The toilet break war. A rather strange incident occurred on the Marco Polo Bridge on July 7, 1937. The fighting here lasted only two days. This bridge is located in Beijing and at that time the border between China and the aggressively-minded Japanese Empire passed along it. There was considerable tension between the countries, and troops of both sides were located in the buffer zone, only waiting for the order to open fire. On the night of July 7th, the Japanese made night maneuvers, which resulted in a firefight. And after the shots died down, it turned out that the soldier of the Japanese army Shimura Kikuzhiro did not return to his post. And although the Chinese allowed a search operation, the opponents still believed that the sentry was captured. A pretext was found, and the Japanese immediately attacked China's positions. The battle began early in the morning of 8 July. Both sides suffered numerous casualties. This battle ultimately served as a pretext for the start of the Second Sino-Japanese War, which in turn became part of the Second World War. And Shimura's soldier was found on the same day. He returned to his post, justifying his absence by going to the toilet. It's just that the young Japanese got lost, since the secluded place was located quite far from the military positions.
Candy instead of ammo. In the history of the confrontation between the Chinese People's Volunteers and the UN forces during the Korean War, the Battle of Chosin Reservoir took place. It ran from November 27 to December 13, 1950. China's 120,000-strong army entered North Korea and forced 20,000 UN soldiers to retreat to the reservoir from their defensive positions. And although the attackers suffered considerable casualties, those events are viewed as a victory for China. As a result, the UN completely withdrew its troops from North Korea. And one of the factors that contributed to the defeat of the UN was Tootsie Rolls sweets. The US Marine mortarists were running low on ammunition. It was difficult to replenish them with the help of air, because the dense anti-aircraft fire of the enemy did not allow the planes to land. Then it was decided to drop the ammunition by parachute. Here are just a cruel joke was played by the nickname of mortar shells, "Tootsie Roll". Some storekeeper did not think about why there was candy on the front. As a result, the plane dropped sweets instead of shells on the poor infantrymen. The sweets, of course, were eaten. This somehow kept the morale of the soldiers up as they broke out of the encirclement and fled south. But mortar shells would clearly have helped more in that situation.
Fight of the blind king. On August 6, 1346, local troops and the combined army of England and Wales met near the city of Crecy in France. The king of Bohemia, John, also intervened in this conflict, taking the side of the French. He personally led a detachment of knights. Only John lost his sight back in 1340 during the next crusade. But the king, being a warrior for most of his life, decided to ignore this flaw. When the armies met in hand-to-hand combat, it became immediately clear that the British were winning. The fact is that their arrows with large bows quite effectively fired at the Genoese mercenaries of France. But blind John failed to see that it was time to retreat. And his knights were so confused that they could not convince the king. As a result, instead of fleeing, he launched an attack on the enemy. John rode on horseback, and two loyal knights held the bridle of his horse. They apparently had to bend down when the blind king frantically swung his sword. The final of such an attack is quite expected - the insane heroes lost their lives.
Veteran of three armies. Sometimes it happens that soldiers during a war have to fight for one side and the other. However, this hero outdid everyone. 18-year-old Korean Yang Kyungjong entered the Imperial Japanese Army in 1938. The young soldier had to fight on Khalkin-Gol against the Red Army. There, the Korean was captured and sent to a labor camp. But in 1942, the Soviet Union found itself in a difficult situation and all reserves were used to fight the advancing Germans. Somehow, Jan was also convinced to fight for the USSR, most likely, he was simply offered an alternative in the form of execution. And in 1943 the Korean soldier was again taken prisoner, this time during the battles for Kharkov. Now Germany was in desperate need of soldiers, and Jan began to fight on the side of Hitler. In June 1944, the Korean was again captured. This time he surrendered to the Americans. Then Jan apparently decided that three different armies were enough for him and preferred not to join the fourth.
Attack of your own flagship. In fairness, defending Hubbard, we note that even the famous English fleet had ridiculous incidents. In 1888, the battleship Victoria entered the service in the Royal Navy, which was called upon to become the flagship of the Mediterranean fleet. The vessel cost more than $ 2 million, a huge amount of money at that time. And the UK was clearly not going to donate to them. Nevertheless, the battleship was soon sunk, which is most remarkable, the enemy did not take part in this at all. On June 22, 1893, Vice Admiral Sir George Tryon, led by ten warships from the Mediterranean Squadron, went to sea. The ships were divided into two columns and sailed only a kilometer apart. And then the admiral decided to try something incomprehensible. For some show, he ordered the two lead ships to turn 180 degrees relative to each other and sail further towards the port. The rest of the squadron had to repeat this strange maneuver. But the distance between the ships was much less than the turning radius of any battleship. But Trion did not understand that his plan for a synchronized reversal would turn into a collision. As a result, two extremely expensive battleships collided at sea. Camperdown was seriously damaged and Victoria sank altogether. But she was in the service for only about five years. In the course of such an accident, 358 sailors from Victoria died - half of the crew. And Admiral Trion himself preferred death to shame. He stayed on the sinking ship, his last words were: "It's my fault."